verb (used without object)
Origin of wench
Examples from the Web for wenching
Historical Examples of wenching
Their other chief hobby was, in the language of the time, wenching.
Why, is any business more public than drinking and wenching?Dryden's Works Vol. 3 (of 18)
Heads of colleges, reverend clerics, and holders of Fellowships must all answer to the charge of wenching.
Mdrie Gautruche was one of the wenching, idling, vagabond workmen who make their whole life a Monday.Germinie Lacerteux
Edmond and Jules de Goncourt
Word Origin for wench
"to associate with common women," 1590s, from wench (n.). Related: Wenched; wenching.
late 13c., wenche "girl or young woman," shortened from wenchel "child" (12c.), from Old English wencel, probably related to wancol "unsteady, fickle, weak," and cognate with Old Norse vakr "child, weak person," Old High German wanchal "fickle." The word degenerated through being used in reference to servant girls, and by mid-14c. was being used in a sense of "woman of loose morals, mistress."
The wenche is nat dead, but slepith. [Wyclif, Matt. ix:24, c.1380]